Frontrunners IR Iran and Tajikistan set up final day showdown
Dushanbe: The CAFA U-19 Championship will go down to the wire, after Islamic Republic of Iran and hosts Tajikistan both extended their unbeaten records at Dushanbe Central Stadium on Tuesday.
While Iran made it three wins from as many matches with a 2-0 victory over Afghanistan, Tajikistan needed a 77th-minute Rustam Soirov goal to salvage a 2-2 draw against Uzbekistan, meaning the Iranians will only need to avoid defeat against the hosts in Thursday’s finale to win the round-robin competition.
IR Iran, Tajikistan go further clear with commanding wins
Dushanbe: Islamic Republic of Iran and Tajikistan emerged as the two sides most likely to claim the CAFA U-19 Championship title, each continuing their perfect record with comprehensive wins on Monday.
Iran began the action with a thumping 4-0 win over Turkmenistan, before Tajikistan kept pace with Sirous Pourmousavi’s side with a 3-1 win over Afghanistan.
The regional title is now mathematically beyond both Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, with Uzbekistan the only team remaining who could theoretically challenge the leading pair with two Matchdays remaining.
Tajikistan top after super start, Afghanistan grab late point
Dushanbe: Tajikistan announced their arrival at the 2019 CAFA U-19 Championship, storming to a spectacular 5-1 win over Turkmenistan, while Afghanistan came from two goals behind to salvage a fighting 2-2 draw against Uzbekistan on Saturday.
Tajikistan’s thumping win sent them directly to the top of table, leapfrogging Islamic Republic of Iran on goal difference with three Matchdays remaining in the regional competition, which serves as a crucial warm-up for this year’s AFC U-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers.
Dushanbe: Islamic Republic of Iran signalled their intentions with an impressive 2-0 win over Uzbekistan, while Turkmenistan and Afghanistan shared the points as the 2019 CAFA U-19 Championship began in Tajikistan on Friday.
The Central Asian tournament is being used as preparations for November’s AFC U-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers, in which all five teams will feature.
Central Asia domestic wrap: Pakhtakor extend lead, Kyrgyz League returns with goal glut
Kuala Lumpur: Uzbekistan pace-setters Pakhtakor capped an emotional weekend by extending their Super League lead to 13 points, while the Kyrgyz Premier League returned with a deluge of goals as Central Asia’s top-flight competitions continued to take shape.
Elsewhere, Turkmenistan’s FC Shagadam suffered a major setback in their bid for a first title since 2002, while FC Istiklol continued their march towards a sixth successive domestic crown in Tajikistan.